NPR: "Twenty-two years ago, the federal government started keeping a list of nurses, nurse aides, pharmacists and pharmacy aides who've been disciplined by state licensing boards. It's called the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank. But hospitals and nursing homes aren't allowed to see the database." The database was intended to be "open to hospitals and nursing homes when they hire staff and want to run a background check. But the Department of Health and Human Services never completed the regulation implementing the law. Turns out, slow-moving bureaucracy is the main culprit." A separate data bank of doctors who have been disciplined is open to hospitals.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning carers and care home operators to ensure they follow the correct training and procedures for moving and handling elderly, frail or disabled patients. It follows the successful prosecution of BUPA Care Homes (CFH Care) Limited, which was fined Â 15, 000 and ordered to pay Â 10, 500 costs by Wakefield magistrates after an 80-year quadriplegic fell from bed whilst being dressed by a lone, inexperienced care assistant. Muriel Lindley suffered fractures to both legs in the fall at West Ridings Nursing Home, on Lingwell Gate Lane, Lofthouse, on 13 July last year. She was admitted to Pinderfields Hospital where she died nine days later.
As Chief Executive of Barnardo's Martin Narey calls for society to rethink its efforts at "fixing families that can't be fixed", an important new book from SAGE, Achieving Positive Outcomes for Children in Care, explains how interventions for looked-after children could be reshaped to provide children with the support they need to rebuild their lives. As things stand, the government itself is a failing corporate parent. A House of Commons report in April warned that 'Far from compensating for their often extremely difficult pre-care experiences, certain features of the care system itself in fact make it harder for young people to succeed: they are moved frequently and often suddenly, miss too much schooling, and are left to fend for themselves at too early an age.
Excessive physical strain in dementia care is not so much related to equipment or the resident's body weight as it is due to communication problems and misunderstandings. This is shown in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dementia not only affects the memory and other cognitive functions, but also motor skills such as the ability to walk. 'The symptoms of dementia are very individual and can vary from one day to the next, and sometimes even from one moment to the next. This makes person transfers in dementia care very demanding for the personnel', says physiotherapist Cristina WÃ ngblad, one of the researchers behind the study recently published in the scientific journal Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences.
Whether from heaving, twisting, bending or bad lifting postures, it's well known that caring for the sick or elderly can lead to back pain. This often results in time off work or dropping out of caring professions altogether. Now Danish research published in the online open access journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders suggests that the fear of getting back pain from care work is predictive of actually developing it. Among healthcare workers, studies have found LBP rates during a 12-month period of 45-63 percent compared with 40-50 percent in the general population. Rather than avoiding physical activity, medical guidelines based on LBP research recommend staying active and continuing normal daily life, including going to work.
In a new study, the amount of television viewed by many young children in child care settings doubles the previous estimates of early childhood screen time, with those in home-based settings watching significantly more on average than those in center-based daycares. This study is the first to examine screen time in child care settings in more than 20 years. The study looked at television use in 168 child care programs in four states, and was guided by lead researcher Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.